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Windows 8 Desktop

Before we start the Windows 8 Tutorial Desktop Edition I want to give you a brief description of what desktop means. A computer desktop allows you to arrange the icons on the electronic desktop just as you arrange real objects on a real desktop by moving them around, putting one on top of another, reshuffling them, and throwing them away.

Many users put files and shortcuts to programs on their desktop so they can find them easily. I would like to show you some fun features of the Windows 8 Desktop.

Windows 8 Desktop

Start by right clicking anywhere on the desktop you can to access the features menu.

Windows 8 Desktop FeaturesPut your mouse over View. This will bring up another menu you can use to change the size of your icons by selecting, Large Icons, Medium Icons, or Icons. You can also automatically arrange your icons with Auto Arrange, or hide all icons on your desktop by clicking Show Desktop Icons to uncheck it.

The other tool I find useful is Sort By. Right click again anywhere on your desktop and put your mouse over Sort By to make a sub Menu appear.Windows 8 Desktop Features

When you click on Name it will sort all icons on your desktop alphabetically. This is a useful tool when you start getting several icons on your desktop.

Right click anywhere on the desktop to bring up the features menu, then click on Personalize and a window will come up that looks like the image below.Windows Desktop Personalization

The Personalization Window is where you can change the look and feel of your desktop.

Click on the Desktop Background link.

Windows 8 Desktop Background

When the Desktop Background window comes up use the scroll bar on the right to scroll through the default pictures. Choose the picture you would like to have displayed on your desktop by clicking on it with your left mouse button. Any picture with a check mark will rotate through. The pictures will change based on the selected time in the drop down menu Change picture every:

Click the Down arrow under Picture position: In this selection you will have options on how the pictures you select will display on your desktop.

Windows 8 Desktop Background Position

  • Fill will have the image fill the entire screen.
  • Fit will modify the image possibly adding a black background to the image to make it fill the screen if the picture isn't large enough.
  • Stretch will enlarge the image to fit the screen. You need to be careful of this one. If the picture is not a high quality image it may turn out blurry.
  • Tile will take the same picture and display it multiple times across the screen just like the example.
  • If your images are lower quality center is a good option because it will center the picture on the screen and fill in the background with a color you select. This will not distort your image.

You can click the drop down arrow next to Picture Location and choose Windows Wallpapers then scroll through the default items in the section below. Click on a picture you think you might like and it will let you preview it on your desktop.

I have found that many parents, grandparents, and pet owners like to have pictures of their loved ones on their desktop.

Browse for FolderTo insert a series of your own pictures click on Browse button next to Picture Location. A Window will open for you to find a folder. (Most people save their pictures in the My Documents folder under My Pictures.)

Click on the folder and click OK. The pictures in the selected folder will appear in the preview section below Picture Location. Place a check mark next to the pictures you would like to scroll through on your desktop. Select the amount of time you would like each image to display and click Save Changes.

This will take you back to the personalization window. Now let's move into Personalization settings.